I recently read with shock and then great sadness about Wilder’s decision to sell their site to Minnesota Catholic Youth Partnership, for the purpose of operating a major camping operation.  I believe this is the wrong result for the Wilder property and the surrounding community, for several reasons.  I shall cover here is the incompatibility of the mega-camp with the surrounding neighbors, the Wilder lands, and with the Town’s Conservancy Zone ordinance.

This will be an intensive use unlike any that Wilder has hosted.  The 200 youth campers a day mentioned was a fiction.  The Partnership will construct a 25,000 sq. ft. main building, and enough small camping cabins so it can “easily grow to 500 (campers)” per day.  Year-round camping has been suggested which will bring 182,500 campers to Wilder every year.  If the camp operates only during the nice weather time of mid-April thru mid-October, there will be 91,250 campers per year.  The River Grove school has a permit limit of 43,875 student visits per year.

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